Soccer America Daily
Monday, June 29, 2020
  • Start to NWSL Challenge Cup is overshadowed by focus on who did or didn't kneel during anthem

    Positioned as the first professional sports league in North America to return to play, the NWSL was in the spotlight on Saturday. Read the whole story

  • COVID-19: MLS releases league-wide test results

    Eighteen players and six club staff have tested positive before they headed to Florida. Two more players tested positive on their arrival. Read the whole story

  • Christian Pulisic gets praise from Lampard beforehand, another injury worry after FA Cup win

    Pulisic, who had another strong game in Chelsea's FA Cup win at Leicester City, left the match with tightness in his calf. Read the whole story

  • Yanks Abroad: Sunday, June 28

    England (FA Cup) Christian Pulisic, 71 minutes (1-0 at Leicester City)
    -- DeAndre Yedlin, sub-17 minutes (0-2 vs. Manchester City)
    Germany (2. Bundesliga) Julian Green, Greuther Fuerth, 58 minutes (1-2 vs. Karlsruhe)
    Denmark (Superliga) Christian Cappis, Hobro, 90 minutes (2-1 vs. Esbjerg)  
    -- Emmanuel Sabbi, Hobro, 75 minutes (2-1 vs. Esbjerg)
    Norway (Eliteserien) Romain Gall, Stabaek, sub-10 minutes (1-4 at Molde)
    -- Henry Wingo, Molde, 90 minutes (4-1 vs. Stabaek)
    Poland (Ekstraklasa) Kenny Saief, Lechia Gdansk, sub-45 minutes (2-1 at Jagiellonia Bialystok)
    Yanks Abroad: Friday | Saturday

  • Jesse Marsch clinches double with Salzburg

    Salzburg won its seventh straight Austrian Bundesliga title with a 3-0 win over Hartberg to complete a double for its first-year coach. Read the whole story

  • Konrad de la Fuente extends contract at Barcelona

    The U.S. U-20's release clause is 50 million euros ($57.5 million) climbing to 100 million euros ($115 million) if he makes first team. Read the whole story

  • Instagram du jour: Mario Bittencourt

    "Game day was always the best day of my week. But today, for the first time, I'm leaving home sad to watch my 'Tricolor.' Players in masks, an empty stadium, a championship that rushes back without knowing whose interests it serves. Thousands of people are dying in Brazil while we are forced to play football without any safety measures. Another sad page in the history of football in Rio de Janeiro, already so battered and outdated. Infected athletes, poor clubs unable to comply with protocols and everyone, all of us, at risk of contamination. I just hope we all get through this insanity unharmed."

    -- Mario Bittencourt, president of Fluminense, on the resumption of play in Rio state league, the first league to resume in South America, despite the coronavirus pandemic that has killed 57,000 Brazilians. Flu's first game, a 3-0 loss to Volta Redonda, was played at the Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium after it successfully protested against playing at the Maracana Stadium, where a coronavirus field hospital has been set up in the parking lot. Flu argued playing there would be disrespectful to victims and their families. (@mbittenfluoficial)

  • Watch: Benzema's no-look, back-heel nutmeg assist

    Real Madrid moved ahead of Barca atop LaLiga with a 1-0 win over Espanyol on a Casemiro goal wonderfully set up by Karim Benzema. Read the whole story

  • Monday morning: What we're reading (and listening to)

    1. Quarantine Randomness: Casey Short, Julie Ertz display the heart that's needed By Marcus Thompson II (The Athletic)
    2. How this 'true pioneer' helped bring the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup to Australia By Nick Baker (SBS News)
    3. Young people, bars and the coronavirus. What did we expect? By Mitch Albom (Detroit Free Press)